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  • Audio CD (Oct. 29 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00006LLNU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All songs are untitled. Total of 8 tracks.

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Are Iceland’s Sigur Rós the saviors of 21st-century rock or true heirs to the silk-robed-and-platform-booted, pompous progressive rock of the '70s? On their third album (first for a major label), they are a little bit of both. The group continues to mix the most interesting aspects of U2 (the anthem), Low (the maximalist slow-mo thing), Radiohead (the utter lack of irony in the quest to make meaningful art for stadium crowds), and My Bloody Valentine (guitar as texture), while not sounding like anyone else on this planet. The average song length on the eight untitled tracks is eight minutes, with cascades of moaning, bowed guitars colliding with low-end keyboards while the lovely, alien-registered vocals of singer Jónsi float on top. Dynamics are employed spectacularly, but half of the album is spooky soundtrack music that never really goes anywhere. However, the actual songs on Two Sausages Kissing (or whatever you want to call it)—the third, sixth, eighth, and especially fourth tracks-—are mind-blowers, spectacularly worth the price of admission. If they just stopped trying to reinvent the wheel all the time, Sigur Rós could really be a band for the ages. --Mike McGonigal


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JJ on June 10 2006
Format: Audio CD
I normally ignore bad posts but comments like Finbar's make me cringe. It obviously takes a minimal level of intelligence to recognize the brilliance behind this band. Even if it's not your style, to label Sigur Ros as 'boring' is the greatest faux pas there is. Okay, I've made my point and he's not worth anymore of my time..

This band's ability to break down social and language barriers and captivate millions of listeners worldwide is a feat in itself. I was totally awestruck since the very first day I heard Agætis byrjun. And they just keep getting better and better. Probably the most beautifully dark, stunning, gut wrenching track I have ever heard in my long music listening life can be found on this very album. A song without a name - Song No. 8, and justly so because no name would give it justice to live up to the emotion, soul and tension this song exudes. And to hear this song as the finale to their latest concert for their Takk Tour just made it a night to remember. The sheer majestic power and intensity of this band simply cannot be denied!!

An amazing effort from an amazing band..
Good job boys (and girls!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album reminds me of walking in the blistering cold in the snow. This Icelandic band creates soundscapes that are cold and sterile, yet can bring a tear to your eye. The guitarist likes to use a bow, creating long notes in these slow ballads. Most songs start off soft and slowly build to a huge crescendo. the first 4 tracks are more focused and accessible, the last four are noisier, and rely less on normal melodies. The vocals are in hoplandic i.e. gibberish, but really it is the singer trying to use his voice as any other instrument. Just the sound and inflection are what are important. I think this is the band's best album to date, but all 3 are fantastic.
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Sigur Ros is not the "usual" kind of music. The majority of the negative reviews here state they are either pretentious, or that they cant get into the long songs and jibberish sung over the songs.
The absence of liner notes, lyrics, song titles, and vocals which are meaningless in contemporary terms just enforces the belief that music is for listening. As has been stated by another reviewer, the only message they want to convey is emotion, and no other band i have come across can convey so many different ranges of emotion on such a consistant basis. It is for this reason, although they are my favorite band of all time, i dont listen to them very often. Mogwai, Godpseed, Explosions in the Sky, all have "similar" styles in music, but no one pulls it off better then Sigur Ros. This third album (Von being their first, and Agaetis Burjym being the second) is alot more relaxed than their second (and the one that made them known).
For those who can't sit through the cd...Sigur Ros is not a band you blast in your car as you drive, or play at a party. It is the kind of music you listen to yourself on headphones, or when you walk by yourself on your discman. Thus, it is not for everyone. If you are more used to or would prefer more radio friendly songs, Agaetis Burjyn is probably more for you, but you might not be able to stand that either.
Regardless, Sigur Ros deserves a serious listen from everyone out there.
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There are so many things potentially wrong with this album that it should just fall apart. For starters, the title of the album makes it hard to ask for in stores. Plus none of the songs have titles. And they're seven minutes long. And they're mostly word-less (and the parts that do have vocals are done in Icelandic). But somehow it still works. The album has a gentle, easy feel to it, and the songs really work together to create a bigger whole; in other words, each track stands on its own and yet still helps make the album greater than the sum of its parts. The best song on the album is the first track, made all the better by an award-winning video featuring children playing in gas masks. But be warned: this album is definitely not for everybody. All the songs are the slow, relaxing kind. It's nice to study or sleep to, but you cannot blare this on your stereo while you're driving. In fact, Enya might even accuse this album of being too "easy listening". But if you've got a few extra dollars to spare, and you want something different, this is a good album to try out.
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Format: Audio CD
Remember those 3-D pictures at the mall that you'd have to stare at for about 15 minutes to really see the image. I was that guy that would stare and never see it. I feel the same way about this album.
Okay, first the pretenses. An imaginary, gibberish of a language that they sing in? The vocals that sound like a sick cat? And these guys are dubbed 'the next Radiohead'??? Maybe some of you like the fact that it's new and different. I do not.
I do like Sigur Ros's songs, one at a time. But listening to () from start to finish is just plain unbearable. Tracks 1-8 are indistinguishable.
I've heard all the theories of what "()" means and I've been told to think of the album as one-long song. I think people that say this are starting to see things in that 3-D picture that aren't really there.
Sigur Ros do some things on this album that I think are imaginative and quite visionary. They do create quite an atmosphere...one that becomes hard to listen after 4 tracks, but they do create an atmosphere. I am curious to hear how this band evolves. But I am tired of listening to this album and trying to find the genious in it that everyone else hears.
I don't care if Radiohead and DJ Z-Trip love this album, I just can't stand it, and I can't help but think that fans will listen to anything if it makes them feel elitest.
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